Marian Wihak | Second Floor, Room 204


Marian Wihak | Second Floor, Room 204


A massive shipping crate fills the darkened room, beached upon a field of sand. An opening invites participants to enter. Within, a narrow passageway defined on one side by a wall-to- wall projection of slow-moving microbiological activity reminiscent of cosmic explosions, and on the other side by a reflective wall. The bass drone of deep-ocean and a distant heartbeat surrounds the participant. The installation conveys the euphoric experience of being within infinite space that at the same time tethers and perceptively confuses, the sentient push-pull gifting us with the sublime as it exhilarates and ignites the imaginative leap.

NASA scientists indicate “comets almost certainly brought most of the organic material and much of the water to Earth”. Responding to the CUTMR exhibition’s Transplant theme, Élan Vital evokes the link between the beating heart of our planet and the origins of the galaxy itself. Whether “transplant” is noun or verb, organic or forced, drawn-out gradually or violently enacted, the notion is inextricably linked to the durational process of evolution.

Employing a structure that is both container and transporter, and using a combination of elements similar to those used in past projects such as Deep Circularity and Tidelines, Élan Vital engages participants in a range of perceptual and phenomenological sensations, while offering oblique connections between histories of transplantation across the physical and ephemeral worlds. Inspired by the flux of the evolutionary process, the installation extends a metaphoric reminder of the ongoing state of becoming and marvels at the stardust within our very beings.

Artist Bio

Both container and transporter, Marian Wihak’s Élan Vital engages a range of perceptual and phenomenological sensations, while offering oblique connections between variant histories of transplantation across the physical and cosmological worlds. Élan Vital evokes the link between the beating heart of our planet and the origins of the galaxy itself.


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